Rare Antique and Vintage Clothing

Maryland, United States · 985 Sales


Rare Antique and Vintage Clothing

Maryland, United States 985 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
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Last updated on Jul 11, 2016

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1920s Dress / 20s Silk Velvet and Lace Dress
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bellydanceplanet on Sep 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

perfect fit & gorgeous! I'm going to take it with me to wear to the opera in Buenos Aires next month. ( The other dress too!) Love your shop!

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JUST LISTED! #1920s silk chiffon flapper dress in a beeeeeautiful black floral print! Long sleeves, fluttery tiered skirt, and black lace yoke / trim spider_webhibiscusbouquetnew_moon_with_face



Guermantes Vintage was founded in February 2012. "Guermantes" is a nod to Proust's In Search of Lost Time, wherein the Guermantes family name acts as a signifier of elegance, wealth, and history. The philosophy of the shop is influenced by Proust's treatment and understanding of memory. Each vintage piece is a symbol of essential memory, not only personal (for example in the ownership of a particular individual) but cultural memory as well. Its details - seams, hemline, buttons, silhouette - all reflect its era and the way the world was at the time it was made. Much like Proust's narrator biting into a Madeleine, I believe that experiencing vintage clothing is an immediate portal to memory, a window into a personal and a cultural past.

In Search of Lost Time was first published in English translation over several years, between 1922 and 1931. Though Guermantes Vintage spans the 1910 through the early 1960s, my clear focus is on my stock of exceptional 1920s and 1930s era vintage.

"...But Mme. de Guermantes seemed to me to carry to an even higher pitch the art of dressing. If, on going down for a moment to call upon her, ...I found the Duchess swathed in the mist of a garment of grey crepe de chine, I accepted this aspect of her which I felt to be due to complex causes and to be quite inevitable, I let myself be overpowered by the atmosphere which it exhaled, like that of certain late afternoons cushioned in pearly grey by a vaporous fog; If, on the other hand, her indoor gown was Chinese with red and yellow flames, I gazed at it as at a glowing sunset; these garments were not a casual decoration alterable at her pleasure, but a definite and poetical reality like that of the weather, or the light peculiar to a certain hour of the day.
....Is it their historical character, is it rather the fact that each one of them is unique that gives them so special a significance that the pose of the woman who is wearing one while she waits for you to appear or while she talks to you assumes an exceptional importance, as thought the costume had been the fruit of a long deliberation and your conversation was detached from the current of everyday life like a scene in a novel? ..." MARCEL PROUST / IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME / 1923

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  • Janine

    Owner, Curator, Creator

    Obsessive collector of all the weirdest old dresses

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Last updated on July 23, 2016
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Guermantes Vintage ships all orders via USPS. Shipping insurance and international tracking are not included in cost. If you would like either of these options please contact me prior to purchase, and I will adjust shipping cost accordingly.

Guermantes Vintage is not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit.

USPS Shipment arrival times are approximate and may arrive later than expected. If you would like a guaranteed delivery time please contact me prior to purchase, and I will adjust shipping costs.

I will not falsify customs forms in any way. International buyers are responsible for paying any customs fees imposed.
Refunds and Exchanges
All sales are final. Guermantes Vintage does not accept returns or exchanges. If you feel an item has been grossly misrepresented, please message me.

Please keep in mind that all items are vintage, used, and sold AS IS. I describe items to the best of my ability. If you would like additional details or photos of any of my listed items please ask before purchasing. Please keep in mind that colors may vary based on computer monitor, and items may appear brighter in the photos as they are photographed in bright light.

I cannot predict how a vintage item will wear and will not accept returns if an item becomes damaged after it has been received by the buyer. This applies especially to antique items, which can be especially delicate and prone to breakage. I try to estimate the wearability of my older items but cannot guarantee this. Antique silk should be considered especially delicate.

I do not allow refunds or returns based on size so please check measurements carefully and ask all questions before purchasing. Items may be pinned to fit dress form.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you would like to reserve an item, please contact me. Keep in mind that by reserving an item you commit to buying that item. A non-refundable deposit may be required for holds.

Layaway is available!. Please contact me to set up a payment plan.
All layaway payments are nonrefundable, and if a payment is late layaway may be terminated, or a daily late fee applied.

For best fit I recommend comparing measurements given to those of a similarly cut garment you own that fits you well.
1920s items should fit loosely. In general I recommend at least 2" of wiggle room between your measurements and dress measurements.

All prices are firm due to the one of a kind nature of the items. I do not offer discounts or coupons.